Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #17: Center Back Slat- Part 2

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Blog entry by TungOil posted 03-06-2018 03:25 AM 2191 reads 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 16: Center Back Slat- Part 1 Part 17 of Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair series Part 18: Side Slats »

With all of the stock cut to length, I’m ready to move to the next step, cutting the mortises and curves. I lay out the center marks for the mortises needed by the Leigh FMT on the ends of one piece.

Since the ends of the slats are angled slightly, I adjust the Leigh FMT to hold the parts at the appropriate angle.

Once the Leigh FMT is set up correctly for the first piece, the rest of the parts are run without any layout work which is a real time saver when making multiple parts.

Next I take the parts to the bandsaw and cut the outside and inside curves. By staying tight to my layout lines I minimize the amount of cleanup work needed.

Back at the bench, I begin the cleanup work with spokeshaves. I work one half of the part from one end then flip it to work the other half, always working with the grain.

Next I bandsaw the profile, then it’s back to the bench to clean up the edges with the spokeshaves.

The test fit looks good for the center slat.

Happy with my test fit, I fabricate the remaining center slats. To clean up the marks from the spokeshaves I head to the belt sander. The marks are readily apparent under raking light.

I smooth the concave side on the belt sanders pulley and the convex face on the bed.

The back slats are fully shaped, but need the corners softened and the ebony bars added- details that will come later. I do a dry fit of all the chair backs to be sure there are no fit problems.

Next step: fabrication of the side slats.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#1 posted 03-06-2018 04:53 AM

Wow, Tung. Amazing work. Thanks for sharing.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#2 posted 03-06-2018 05:37 AM

Good thing the Greene brothers had the Hall brothers to build their furniture and homes. That stuff is complicated!
You’re doing a particularly good job in every step so far. I tip my hat to anyone who tackles G & G furniture.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 03-06-2018 12:00 PM

Awesome looking work TungOil

-- Marshall --------------------------- In with 10. Out with 10.

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#4 posted 03-06-2018 12:11 PM

Looks like you are making good progress. Before long the miscellaneous chairs in the table picture will be replaced by these beauties.

The FMT Pro really does make things a lot faster for production runs. Once the set up is dialed in you can make one or a hundred pieces without having to tweak anything.

Rather than take a chance of messing up with a spoke shave (since I’m not great with hand tools) I rough cut the curved crest and back rails for my chairs on the band saw then used the router with a template jig to get the final curve and sanded them smooth using a 5” ROS.

Do the side slats have the same curve?

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#5 posted 03-06-2018 04:58 PM

Blown away! So sexy! Epic build!

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#6 posted 03-06-2018 05:22 PM

Your a master! Thanks for sharing this very complex project.

-- James E McIntyre

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#7 posted 03-06-2018 06:49 PM

This is such a fun project to follow. It brings back memories from an earlier project of mine.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 03-06-2018 08:11 PM

Thanks all, this has been a challenging and fun project so far.

Do the side slats have the same curve?

- EarlS

Earl- The side slats do have very similar curves to the center slat, but they have the added complication of having a compound miter cut on each end that needs to be exactly the right length or there will be a gap somewhere on the crest rail…!

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#9 posted 03-06-2018 09:51 PM

This is looking first class. Great progress.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 03-10-2018 12:41 AM

This is a really complicated project you’ve undertaken, but you’re handling it with your usual aplomb! Can’t wait to see them arrayed around the table!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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